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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John and Dawson Creek areas packed over one thousand boxes for Operation Christmas Child. 

Crystal Holden of the Fort St. John Alliance Church said 1,427 shoeboxes were packaged between the communities for the initiative. 

Holden also said that a lot of effort from volunteers went into making this number a possibility. 

“I estimate over a hundred hours of volunteer hours,” Holden said. 

Volunteers weren’t just in the community either, such as residents from Prespatou who travelled to Calgary to help with inspecting and packing shoeboxes. 

Holden said that while this number was not as high as it’s been in the past, it’s still an initiative she enjoys participating in. 

“I always enjoy it. It’s one of my favourite times, so it’s my happy place no matter what,” she said.

For more information or to help pack a last-minute box, visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.

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Katherine Caddel is a recent graduate of Laurentian University's English Media and Rhetoric program. They grew up in Northern Ontario and recently decided to make the North Peace their new home. When not at work, Katherine enjoys horror movies, playing video games and Dungeons and Dragons.